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No. 35 Knights best No. 36 UW-Whitewater

March 26, 2019 at 1:10 pm
Sonya Romanenko
Sonya Romanenko
Photo: Nathan Klok

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The No. 35-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team bested No. 36 UW-Whitewater, 6-3, in a clash of nationally-ranked regional foes. Madeline Prins (Jr./Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter), Kristina Conrad (Sr./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong), and Sonya Romanenko (Fy./San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) each won in both singles and doubles as the Knights improved to 7-1 on the season.

Prins and Conrad entered the day as the No. 22-ranked duo in the nation and took down the No. 18-ranked pairing of Gabi Kitchell and Julie Martin by an 8-5 tally. Romanenko and Elizabeth Yim (So./Orange, Calif./Villa Park) added an 8-5 triumph of their own at third doubles.

In singles, Prins notched Carleton’s next victory as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 result. UWW earned the next team point at second singles, but Conrad delivered again, this time notching a 7-6, 6-0 win to put the Knights on the cusp of victory.

Romanenko found herself locked in an epic battle atop the lineup and eventual knocked off Kitchell, who is ranked No. 39 in the country. It was the second straight day in which Romanenko prevailed in a super tiebreaker as this time the scoreboard read 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (13-11).

Faith Yim (So./Orange, Calif./Villa Park) played singles for the first time this season and closed out the day with a 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Carleton faces regionally-ranked Oberlin College on Wednesday, March 27 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

#35 Carleton College 6, #36 Wis.-Whitewater 3
Singles competition

1. Sonya Romanenko (CAR) def. #39 Gabi Kitchell (UWW-W) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (13-11)
2. Julie Martin (UWW-W) def. Jeanny Zhang (CAR) 6-4, 6-3
3. Kristina Conrad (CAR) def. Paige Nierman (UWW-W) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
4. Madeline Prins (CAR) def. Sabrina Palavra (UWW-W) 6-1, 6-0
5. Elise Ha (UWW-W) def. Taylor Thulson (CAR) 6-4, 6-1
6. Faith Yim (CAR) def. Madeline Slicker (UWW-W) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #22 Madeline Prins/Kristina Conrad (CAR) def. #18 Gabi Kitchell/Julie Martin (UWW-W) 8-5
2. Olivia Kraft/Sabrina Palavra (UWW-W) def. Jeanny Zhang/Faith Yim (CAR) 8-7
3. Elizabeth Yim/Sonya Romanenko (CAR) def. Paige Nierman/Molly Rueth (UWW-W) 8-5